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Herb C

10:19AM | 07/08/04
Member Since: 10/25/03
26 lifetime posts
I'm just about ready to prime my home and I did extensive prep work to ensure a decent job. At last today I will be sponging down my home with a little bleach in the bucket to remove mildew spores and to clean off excess sand particles and then waiting a few days before priming. Question is, Is this wise to add a little bleach to my final sponge for removal of mildew spores?

What I'm saying is will I have to wash the house down after I sponge it with water and bleach? Need advice. Just trying to do a good job.

tomh

03:48PM | 07/08/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I recommend you rinse. Go ahead and apply the bleach solution. Use a scrub-brush for faster results. A sponge will simply fall apart and can't work the solution into the pores of the siding as well. As you complete a section, just rinse it off. The bleach will have had plenty of time to work, and rinsing will remove the mildew, algae, dust and any bleach residue. Its really better.

If you are concerned about stained areas, or are painting high tannin woods like cedar or redwood, be sure to use a good stain blocking primer. Pre-tint it so you only need one finish coat to cover. Even if you already bought your paint, you can take it back to the store for tinting and a fresh shake.

What kind of surface are you working on?

Herb C

04:22PM | 07/08/04
Member Since: 10/25/03
26 lifetime posts
Hey tomh, as far as what type of wood I'm working with ,....I really don't have a clue but I wanted to let you know that I appreciate your answers you been giving me for the questions I posted in the last few weeks. They've really helped me out alot.

tomh

05:29PM | 07/08/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I appreciate the come back. Hope you will let us know how the house painting goes. I finished mine a couple weeks ago. Big job, something like 40 gallons primer and finish. I spray everything with a pro-model airless so it goes a little faster, but like you, the prep work and masking took the longest time.


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